He might not be at OTAs yet, but there’s still been plenty of buzz generated at the Bucs facilities with the signing of Ndamukong Suh. There was a significant look of excitement on the face of coach Bruce Arians and a couple of other Bucs players when they got to share their thoughts for the first time since the acquisition of their new teammate.
“He’s a dominant player,” Arians said. “He’s got inside penetration and a good run stopper. I think he and Vita is going to be really tough to run the ball to to their side. I think it’s a great addition.”
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Jameis Winston will only have to face against Suh in practice, and he’s happy that’s the case. He commented on having a player of Suh’s caliber in Tampa Bay.
“I just know he’s a beast.” Winston said.” I’m happy to have a guy like that on our side.”
While the addition of Suh affects the Bucs as an entire team, it will also have a direct impact on Vita Vea. Coming into his second year, Vea got to learn from Gerald McCoy and Jason Pierre-Paul, and will get the chance to pick up information from Suh as they line up next to each other on each play.
“You can learn a lot,” Vea said. “Sometimes you just got to sit there with your paper and pen and just try to take notes from someone of his nature. We did it with Gerald and JPP last year, so it will be nice to do it with him now.”
Some have compared Vea to Suh with having similar styles of play. Though Vea can see a couple of comparisons, he’s still got a long ways to go before being in the same conversation.
Bucs DT Vita Vea – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“I feel like there’s a lot of similarities,” Vea said. “He’s a really powerful guy, he’s a great player, I’m still at the beginning of my game so I don’t know if I can compare myself to him yet. He’s got some years on me.”
One player that has a history with Suh is offensive lineman Evan Smith. Smith was infamously on the receiving end of the stomp given by Suh on Thanksgiving of 2011 when Suh’s Lions took on the Smith’s Packers.
Fast forward eight years later and now they are on the same team. Smith assured though there will be no problems now, stating that it was year’s ago and they’re only goal now is to win football games.
“It was like eight-nine years ago, something like that,” Smith said. “I’m not keeping count. I’ve played him multiple times before that, it is what it is. I’m out here to win football games, we’re here to win, that’s it. We get paid to do a job, if he’s here, that’s what it is.”